“sent a very clear message to its faculty that there are limits on free inquiry”
Academic Freedom Alliance is defending the professor. The school in question is St. Olaf college which is fairly woke.
From the Volokh Conspiracy at Reason:
Academic Freedom Alliance Letter to St. Olaf College
Santurri has long served as the director of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf. The Institute encourages inquiry and debate into contemporary political and social issues and seeks to present “diverse ideas” to the campus community on controversial issues relating to politics, markets, and society. As part of its programming, the Institute sponsors public lectures, and in recent years it has hosted lectures by a range of speakers, including David Brooks, Glenn Loury, Alice Dreger, Michael Sandel, Bari Weiss, and Bryan Caplan. Unsurprisingly, such speakers discussing such topics sometimes generate controversy on college campuses, and controversies have sometimes swirled around the Institute.
In the spring of 2022, such a controversy took a troubling turn. The Institute invited Princeton philosopher Peter Singer to give a public lecture on his views regarding contemporary moral philosophy. Singer is a controversial figure, and some students launched a petition calling for a boycott of his talk at St. Olaf. Several offices on campus set out emails to students distancing themselves from Singer’s views, but the talk took place without disruption or cancellation.
Nonetheless, in apparent response to the Singer invitation, the president of St. Olaf College suddenly removed Santurri from his position as director of the Institute. Santurri had just recently been reappointed as director, and was in the middle of a two-year term in the position. His appointment as director included salary support and a teaching reduction.
The president of St. Olaf College has sent a very clear message to its faculty that there are limits on free inquiry on that college’s campus and that the College will not tolerate speakers whose ideas are offensive to influential campus stakeholders.
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